New Year New Habits

Habits Make Goals Happen

I am a fan of setting goals, not making New Year’s resolutions. For 2021, the most important personal goal I have set for myself is to help more clients have dogs they are proud of. I know that to do this, I need to start a new habit of staying in touch with people I have worked with in the past. I also need create habits to reach more new dog owners too.

One of my favorite books is Atomic Habits by James Clear. This is one of my favorite quotes: “The human brain evolved to prioritize immediate rewards over delayed rewards”. The way to achieve my goal is to keeping reaching out to make new connections. By now, you are probably thinking, “This is nice, Deb, but what does this have to do with training my dog?” We all want the dog that is perfectly trained. Everyone wants a rocket recall. We want 100% focus on us. We want dogs who don’t pull on leash. None of this is achieved overnight. It takes time to build the habits that form these behaviors in your dog. So how do satisfy the brain’s need for immediate rewards with the reality that training takes time? The Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge!

Training = Building Habits

I invite you to start a new training habits with your dog in the “Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge”. Wouldn’t you love it if your dog enjoyed paying attention to you? If getting your dog to focus on you was effortless? How cool would it be if your dog wasn’t tempted by squirrels? I want you to feel how awesome it is to have your dog bounding energetically to you instead of away from you! To achieve this, you need to be “Sexier Than a Squirrel”! And I have the tools to help you achieve this! Join me in the Pepper’s Paws’ “Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge” with our friends at AbsoluteDogs.

Here’s how it will work:

1. Sign up for the challenge here: https://pepperspaws.dogbizpro.com/public/registration/events.aspx?event=289

(If you participated in the “Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge” in 2020, just email me to join the Pepper’s Paws Sexier Than a Squirrel Challenge FaceBook group – you DO NOT have to pay or sign up again! You are welcome to do the challenge with us again in the FaceBook group)

2. Register for the Challenge on the AbsoluteDogs website using the personal link I email to you.

3. Join our private Facebook Group for the challenge (I will send you a link to this).

4. Watch the video in the challenge each day on the AbsoluteDogs website and then try it with your dog! I will also post a video of me doing the daily challenge with one of my dogs each day in the Pepper’s Paws Sexier Than a Squirrel FaceBook group too! Feel free to post videos of you and your dog in the Pepper’s Paws Sexier Than a Squirrel Facebook group too! Keep an eye out for helpful tips and prizes there too! Yes! We Pepper’s Paws will be offering prizes for participating in the Challenge – more info to come on this soon!

5. Have fun building a new training habit with your dog! Building new habits creates new behaviors!

Don’t worry if you can’t start on January 1st – whenever you sign up, that is your Day 1! The Facebook group will be around for all of 2021 and your access to the AbsoluteDogs Videos is forever! Are you ready to be Sexier Than a Squirrel? Sign up and let’s get started building habits for a lifetime together!

sexier than a squirrel challenge
sexier than a squirrel challenge

About Pepper’s Paws Dog Training

Pepper’s Paws, LLC provides in home private dog training lessons for basic manners, behavior problems, and fear aggression at the Delaware Beaches – Rehoboth, Lewes, Bethany and surrounding areas, and any where in the US via Zoom

Head trainer Deb Murray, is Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Training (CPDT-KA) by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, a Fear Free Certified Traineran AKC Evaluator, and a Distinguished Graduate and Mentor Trainer for the Catch Canine Academy.

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Do You Need Pet Insurance?

Do you need pet insurance? Are some breeds more susceptible to illness or injury? How do you find pet insurance providers? We get asked these questions every week. Shopping for pet insurance can be daunting. Where should you start?

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Is your dog currently healthy?

Consider your dog’s current health situation. Did you adopt a pandemic puppy or kitten? Is your new dog a rescue dog? The age of your dog can influence the cost of a pet insurance policy. Breed can also be a factor in terms of what what policy will cover. Is your new dog or cat currently healthy? Existing and pre-existing conditions can impact the cost and availability of pet insurance too. Co-pays and premiums are important to consider too.

What can afford?

Can you afford to pay a co-pay if you dog or cat gets sick and needs medical care? Some pet insurance policies have deductibles. Some policies do not have deductibles. How much per month can afford to pay for a pet insurance premium? As you compare pet insurance offerings, don’t forget to compare these out-of-pocket costs. Policies have varying coverage options too.

Policy coverage options

Another important comparison factor is what does the policy cover. Some policies cover routine check ups, preventive medications, and vaccinations. Does the cost of this coverage exceed what you would pay out-of-pocket without insurance? Does your dog’s breed have health risks that are included or excluded from the policy? Some policies don’t cover certain conditions or diseases, or breed-specific conditions. Make sure to review age limitations on the policies too. Your dog’s age could also impact cost, coverage options, and availability of coverage.

Insurance or personal savings?

Do you need insurance at all? Some people opt to start a pet savings account in lieu of buying an insurance policy. A quick survey of the cost of a serious illness or injury will give you an idea of whether or not you can or want to cover this out-of-pocket for your pet.

Other things to consider

Some policies cover exotic pets. Some offer multi-pet household discounts. Employers sometimes offer pet insurance as part of their employee benefits program. If you are covered by an employer-sponsor benefits program be sure to ask about this as an option.

Does your dog’s behavior necessitate an insurance policy? While not pleasant to think about, some dogs and cats are more likely to eat things they should not eat. Some destructive chewers are a toy away from a foreign body ingestion. Talk with your vet about this. Ask them if they think your dog is good candidate for a pet health insurance policy (and start working with a positive reinforcement dog trainer to change your dog’s behavior too!)

How to get started

This is a great resource for getting started on your pet insurance research. The folks at Money.com have done a lot of the research for you. They have rated companies by several factors. They looked at value, simplicity, coverage for exotic animals, dental coverage, early coverage, multi-pet coverage, preventative care coverage, discount clubs, older pet coverage, and no deductible coverage. The article also explains what key insurance terms mean. They offer COVID-19 specific information too. This is a must read for new pet parents and anyone considering pet insurance.

About Pepper’s Paws Dog Training

Pepper’s Paws, LLC provides in home private dog training for basic manners, behavior problems, and fear aggression at the Delaware Beaches – Rehoboth, Lewes, Bethany and surrounding areas , and via Zoom remote dog training for dogs and owners who do not live in our service area.

Head trainer Deb Murray, is Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Training (CPDT-KA) by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, a Fear Free Certified Traineran AKC Evaluator, and a Distinguished Graduate and Mentor Trainer for the Catch Canine Academy.